Ecommerce presents almost unlimited options for what you can do to improve your store, the customer experience, the presentation of your product, and to ultimately sell more. Magento is the best tool for the job to start, but part of what makes Magento so great is the massive community that has grown up around it to help broaden the platform into the ultimate ecommerce offering.
So how does one learn about all the extensions and themes and tips and tricks that can take Ultimento to the next level? Well, you can start by checking out a series of Magento webinars that have been put together to help guide you. Learn about everything from conversion optimization and responsive themes to system integrations and the power of B2B commerce.
The ecommerce landscape is as competitive as ever so it’s critical you find the advantages that will give your store the edge. Take a look at Magento’s webinars and keep your eyes peeled for blogs (especially the Commative Blog) to make sure you stay ahead of the pack.
Registration has finally opened up for Magento’s annual Imagine conference in Las Vegas. The conference will again be held at the M Resort April 8th through 10th. This year’s theme will be The Art of Commerce and act now, they fully expect the show to sell out just as it has every other year.
If you register before January 29th you can tickets for $895 (a $300 savings). It may sound like a lot of money, but the event is invaluable for expanding your knowledge of Magento-powered ecommerce. You’ll also get the chance to network with other Magento customers and developers, listen to speakers in the industry share their thoughts on the direction of retail, and have a blast with a ton of events and parties.
We can’t say enough about the importance of going so check out Magento’s page and you’ll see Commative and Ultimento there!
You may not have heard of the NRF, but the National Retail Federation is a massive organization that focuses on all things retail. The organization has been around for over 100 years helping to guide the retail industry through standardized practices, lobbying for retail-friendly laws, and most recently seeing brick and mortar’s transformation into the digital and online age.
We couldn’t make it out to New York this year, but after attending Magento’s Imagine conference we can’t stress enough how important this kind event can be. It’s one of the few opportunities where you can get out of the weeds of operation and take a step back to think strategically about your business and what to do next. If you’re in New York check out the show and if not, follow along so you don’t miss out!
Part of the dip below expectations of a 3% or 4% lift can be attributed to a sizable decline in sales along the Eastern Seaboard as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Storms aside though, 2012 represents the poorest performing holiday season since 2008 and the height of the economic turmoil. Still though, many retailers are happy to have been positive and expectations for 2013 are high.
Did you find your online stores beat out your physical retail shops this year? Are you projecting a good year for 2013?
As the holiday sales season winds down online retailers can look back at an extremely successful period of revenue growth with spending up 13% from a year ago. Despite concerns around the fiscal cliff in the United States and a world economy only now slowly starting to find its feet consumers took the Internet in droves to do their holiday shopping.
Activity during “Green Week” (the second full week after Thanksgiving) also surpassed “Cyber Week” (the week of Cyber Monday) for the first time ever showing the power of online retail outside of Cyber Monday. Chase collects such data in its HolidayPulse site each holiday season providing data on year over year sales in the online space.
Did your Magento stores do well? Are you up from the year before? It’s been an exciting season here at Commative and we’re thankful to have helped so many retailers find success online.
The share of holiday revenue going online is only increasing thanks to rising consumer confidence in online security and improvements in merchandising and marketing operations with an online focus. Make sure your site is ready to compete and attract customers with a Magento store powered by Ultimento!
Online sales are off to another record start as US consumers spent $1.042 billion over computers and phones the day after Thanksgiving. This represents a 26% lift from a year ago and is an extremely positive sign for the holiday sales to come.
With this year being the longest possible holiday season (as Thanksgiving was as early as it can be in the calendar cycle) many analysts had expected consumers to pace themselves and reduce initial spending. Quite the contrary, purchasing started off with a bang as consumers spent $633 million on Thanksgiving day, a jump of nearly 32% from the year before.
Cyber Monday is expected to be another record breaker with talk of a potential $2 billion sales today. Make sure your Magento store is ready to ride the wave!
I hope you all enjoyed your turkey because its time to get ready for the biggest sales days of the year! Tomorrow will mark the official beginning of the holiday season and while not as online-centric, Black Friday is huge for retailers of all kinds.
You can bet on a busy weekend and then the coming Monday will kick of a week of Cyber deals where you should make sure your Magento store is ready for some major traffic. Get all of your product data in order, your promotions configured and ready to go, double check your inventory, and apply all those last minute changes you’ve been meaning to do.
Work on Ultimento never stops and today Commative is pleased to announce the release of Ultimento 3.2! This release doesn’t rock the boat too much and concentrates on a few bugs and layout tweaks we’ve been wanting to make. That said, there are a few new features too so make sure you check out Ultimento if it’s your first time and upgrade if you already use the most reviewed Magento template on the Internet.
Among the changes:
Updated checkout that includes a persistent preview of your cart